March 13, 2019 | 46 minutes 38 seconds
In a podcast first, series host Jill James sits down with three emerging professionals affiliated with American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). With pathways to safety as unique as their backgrounds, our guests on the 21st episode share important commonalities: formal education in occupational safety and internships.
February 27, 2019 | 42 minutes 24 seconds
Robert came to safety through a popular pathway—the trades, skilled labor. As a teenage apprentice electrician, Robert was struck by an arc flash. Then, as a carpenter, he slid off of a roof without any fall protection gear.
February 13, 2019 | 51 minutes 50 seconds
Contrary to the theme of the show, Chevon was seemingly born to the safety occupation. That’s what happens when your mother is a professor of occupational health and safety.
January 30, 2019 | 45 minutes 9 seconds
Podcast series host Jill James connects with Certified Safety Professional Rick, a home grown pro with over 30 years of experience.
January 16, 2019 | 49 minutes 42 seconds
Series host Jill James connects with Katie, one of the few who began higher education with a focus on occupational safety, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in health and safety.
January 2, 2019 | 58 minutes 34 seconds
From starting his career as a chemist at a nuclear facility to becoming an operations manager at a hydro plant and on through his recent retirement, our guest Harold talks with series host Jill James about his path towards becoming a safety pro.
December 5, 2018 | 52 minutes 21 seconds
Our host, Jill James, sits down to have a conversation with Linda Martin, 2018 President of the Board of Certified Safety Processionals, chair of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation Board, and recipient of the 2018 Marion Martin Award recognizing influential women in safety.
November 21, 2018 | 52 minutes 36 seconds
In this episode of the podcast, series host Jill James reconnects with Dr. Amy Orders, Managing Director of Emergency Management Mission Continuity, with North Carolina State University. You’ll also explore two paradigms of adult education: Problem-Based Learning and Authentic Learning. Also, there’s a great story involving fall protection harnesses and a literal leap of faith off of a 2-story building.
November 7, 2018 | 1 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds
Podcast series host Jill James connects with filmmaker Dave DeSario, an unlikely workplace safety champion and outspoken reform advocate. Learn about the safety nuances and pitfalls of non-traditional employee-employer relationships, the correlation between workers’ compensation systems and increase in temp staffing nationwide.
October 26, 2018 | 17 minutes 52 seconds
Jill James, Chief Safety Officer and show host, talks with Justin, a VP of Safety, with an oil and gas company in Texas–live from the Expo floor of the NSC Congress.
October 26, 2018 | 19 minutes 25 seconds
This episode features John Dony, Director of the Campbell Institute and Director of EH&S at the National Safety Council. He sits down to talk with host and Vivid's Chief Safety Officer Jill James, live on the Expo floor of the NSC Congress, about the work and research taking place at the Campbell Institute.
October 24, 2018 | 27 minutes 28 seconds
Series host Jill James sits down with the President and CEO of the National Safety Council, Debbie Hersman. Together they discuss safety legislation, being a "worst case scenario mom", and the new mission of the NSC - eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime.
October 23, 2018 | 21 minutes 15 seconds
Russell, a electrical safety pro from Texas, joins us live on the floor of the NSC to talk with our Chief Safety Officer and host Jill James.
October 23, 2018 | 41 minutes 13 seconds
Our host Jill James sits down with the Safety Training Ninja, Regina McMichael from the Learning Factory, live from the floor of the NSC Expo.
October 17, 2018 | 56 minutes 3 seconds
Learn about the life of a young safety professional on the road, covering 400K miles from plant to plant in America’s heartland. Paul’s also got a bunch of near-miss stories any safety pro will connect with, along with advice for building safety “street cred”, and having rewarding experiences working with Millennials.
October 3, 2018 | 1 hour 40 seconds
You’ll learn how Mark’s blue-collar upbringing influenced his perspectives on occupational safety, and how a 7-year adventure in Alaska working as one of about 15 industrial hygienists in the entire state, solidified his professional interest (along with some measure of local celebrity) by offering the truly unique experience of working with under-served native American communities.
September 19, 2018 | 49 minutes 52 seconds
Podcast series host Jill James speaks with Scott, a safety engineer in the telecomm industry, and published author. An 18-year professional safety veteran, Scott started his journey as an undergraduate psych major when a summer job at the local factory gave him his first taste of occupational safety.
September 5, 2018 | 58 minutes 48 seconds
Ever wonder what occupational safety looks like for a Hollywood studio? This episode of the podcast finds series host Jill James talking with Carolina, a safety leader at Pixar. You’ll learn about building trust with regulatory bodies, how occupational safety is managed for Pixar’s 1400 employee, multi-building campus, and, once more, that hazards are present in all working environments.
August 22, 2018 | 51 minutes 39 seconds
This discussion covers Cheryl’s 10-year journey of safety leadership in the pipeline industry, where she’s writing confined-space entry programs, and is responsible for the wellbeing of thousands of employees across 12 states. Also, she talks about what it’s like to work along with 100 other safety professionals in thesame organization. And if you’re interested in high-level incident investigation and accidents with Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) potential, this episode is a goldmine.
August 8, 2018 | 1 hour 2 seconds
Todd explains the moment that moved him away from the academic pursuit of chemical engineering, which led him to interviewing with OSHA and a career that involved working some of the same investigations as our own Jill James. Bonus? Dr. Todd talks about OSHA’s “$1000 poster”, OSHA’s Field Operations Manual, and other secrets known to OSHA investigators (the “drive-by”).
July 25, 2018 | 40 minutes 22 seconds
Over the course of this conversation between two of Minnesota’s finest, Michelle shares her experiences managing safety across multiple facilities, talks about the importance of building relationships with the workforce to resolve real safety issues, starting over in the wake of the recession and working her way back to the top of the profession.
July 11, 2018 | 53 minutes 22 seconds
Series host Jill James caught up with EHS Specialist Brandy while she was in the midst of studying for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exam, and just before attending ASSE’s SAFETY 2018 conference in San Antonio.
June 27, 2018 | 52 minutes 50 seconds
This episode we sit down with Jeremiah, a safety professional in the zoo and aquarium industry. We touch on topics from how to train seasonal workers, management buy-in, the importance of networking and mentoring, and the ever-changing role technology plays in safety. And the importance of the phrase "teach me".
June 13, 2018 | 48 minutes 25 seconds
We talk about making the leap from 12-hour shifts in refinery production to the safety and occupational health role, how a father's severe occupational injury impacted his son's childhood, ultimately shaping his approach to the safety job, and more.
May 30, 2018 | 59 minutes 50 seconds
This episode shares tips for earning credibility with employees, the challenge of proving yourself to management in new environments, and how good it feels to finally get the win that helps.
May 16, 2018 | 59 minutes 49 seconds
True to the show, podcast host and Chief Safety Officer Jill James retraces her career-long journey in safety. Jill tells the story of how her professional aspirations changed in college, the internship that landed her a job as an OSHA investigator, and describes her mentors along the way.
May 10, 2018 | 2 minutes 33 seconds
A quick look at what to expect from this podcast hosted by Vivid Learning Systems Chief Safety Officer, Jill James. What is an accidental safety professional?